Soil analysis is an essential part of developing a comprehensive fertilizer strategy for the coming season. This service involves gathering critical information on nutrient levels and other key soil traits.
At Summit, we offer a complete soil analysis service. Soil analysis is an essential part of developing a comprehensive fertilizer strategy for the coming season. It involves gathering critical information on nutrient levels and also other key soil traits such as organic carbon, electrical conductivity, pH and the soil’s phosphorus buffering index (PBI).
During a soil analysis, your local Summit Area Manager will take soil samples to get a deep understanding of your farm’s nutrient requirements. Drawing on local information and backed by our science, they will meet with you regularly to develop a long term fertilizer strategy designed to build the value of your farm.
Benefits of a Summit Soil Analysis
Stable in the soil as it is a cation, but converts to Nitrate readily.
As pH declines (becomes more acidic) Aluminium levels can increase in some soil types. High Aluminium levels will affect root growth reducing their ability to explore large volumes of soil and therefore their access to nutrients and soil moisture. (Read the article on soil pH here)
PBI is a function of soil type. Generally as a soil contains more iron, clay and organic matter, the higher the PBI. (See article)